Octorara Area Junior Senior High School

  • Octorara Area Junior Senior High School serves 1,154 students in grades 7-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 43% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 46%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 55% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 63%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the Pennsylvania state level of 15:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 19% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 34%.

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School Overview

  • Octorara Area Junior Senior High School's student population of 1,154 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 71 teachers has declined by 5% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Total Students1,154 students
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Total Classroom Teachers71 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Octorara Area Junior Senior High School's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has stayed the same over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Octorara Area Junior Senior High School is 0.33, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.27. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (PA)
Overall School Rank#1797 out of 2,835 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
43%
46%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
55%
63%
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:115:1
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Asian
1%
4%
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Hispanic
11%
11%
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Black
6%
15%
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White
81%
66%
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Two or more races
1%
4%
All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Octorara Area Junior Senior High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in PA.
Diversity Score0.330.27
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Graduation Rate
88%
86%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
29%
41%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
2%
3%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Octorara Area Junior Senior High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Pennsylvania by year, with the latest 2016-17 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameOctorara Area SD School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, PA Dept. of Education

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  2.75 out of 5  (4 reviews)
5  
Great school! Very great teachers and lots of new opportunities! And the teachers really care about the kids future!
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2  
Well...the two reviews above maybe almost 4 years old but they are still right on the money..well, actually our taxes have gone up and our test scores have gone down. Student population is decreasing and the taxpayers are left footing the bill for new or newly renovated schools that are under-utilized...thanks to a school board that failed to listen to parents who were concerned about a down turning economy. And this same school board is holding on to the pipe dream of a 10yr old feasability study that was wrong on just about every point- can't expect a population boom when you have the highest taxes and lowest performing schools in Chester County can 'ya...if you are considering moving into this district..don't.
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This is a poor school in all areas. Parents pay very high school taxes and still have to pay for child to be in sports. They lack in academics, very poor schoolastically, lack extracurricular activities of any kind. Lacking in sports, music and art. Transportation for kindergarden only provided one way. Not a kid friendly enviroment.
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My 3 daughters (17,12,8) attend Octorara since kindergarten. I had to fight & insist the school test 2 of my kids for a learning disability when the school insisted they didn't see anything wrong. Both were diagnosed with a disability & my 6th grader was reading at a 3rd grade level. And they didn't see a problem here? Based on my experience and several other parents I've spoken to, the bullying is horrible! I dont think the school punishes the bullies at all. So much for the No bullying policy Some of the teachers have discussed their personal & dating lives with the class. My kids (6th & 11th grade)& some of their friends have told me about all kinds of drugs going around the school they witness on a daily basis. The district built a fifth school they can't afford and have remodeled the high school. Octorara is the highest millage rate in Chester County (taxes) but claim they're broke and want to take away sports! Are you kidding me? Sports is the ONLY thing they have to offer at this point. When my husband & I bought our first house in Parkesburg 13 yrs ago we were excited about the school and area. I had graduated from Coatesville and didn't want to send my kids there. Now, I wish I had because Coatesville is looking much better now that we have experienced Octorara District. If you still have a choice, do not choose Octorara District! Most likely you will regrett it!
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